Muscle Up! Albert Belle Bobblehead Released

Who remembers when then Cleveland Indians Albert Belle flexed his bicep in response to Kevin Kennedy (then Boston Red Sox manager) after he instructed the umpire to take his bat because Kennedy believed it to be corked after he hit a ball crushing homer? Well we are going back, to the 1995 playoffs to be exact, but the Cleveland Indians are immortalizing this moment in time with a bobblehead of Albert Belle flexing his bicep!

Now what is interesting about this giveaway is that Albert Belle has not been back to visit the Cleveland Indians since he became a free agent and signed a $55 million contract with the White Sox. He is also, by some accounts, one of the most controversial players in franchise history. So the fact that the Clevelan Indians will immortalize him in some way is  questionable, however there is no denying the impact he had on the team in both performance as well as exposure on the news. He certainly was a catalyst in helping to spur popularity back to the Indians club. Or maybe it has to do with the sadness Albert has experienced in the past months. His twin brother, Terry, was killed in a car accident in AZ in September. Nobody wants to see this happen, and maybe since he was such a pivotal part of the club at one point, this caused the Indians to step back and recognize that they should immortalize him in some way. But I digress…

Albert Belle Flexing his 1995 Bicep

Albert Belle Flexing his 1995 Bicep

The bobblehead giveaway is happening Sat, Jun 1 at 1:05PM at Progressive Field. It is limited to the first 10,000 fans so show up early! This is almost as cool at the Trout grab bobblehead we posted about earlier!

To purchase tickets to the game when these custom bobbleheads will be given, go to this link. Look for the June 1st game.

Here is a really cool video from MLB in which you can witness this (it is at the :45 second mark):

Mike Trout Grab Tribute Bobblehead

With baseball season upon us, we posted the MLB giveaways for April in hope that all of you baseball fans have a chance to plan for the game that will be giving away your favorite bobblehead of your team’s player.

Well, we had to write about the Los Angeles Angels bobblehead…it is in honor of Mike Trout’s amazing robbery of J.J. Hardy‘s (what would have been) home run hit. We can say that the catch was an amazing one and something you don’t see everyday. We can only think of really two other times such a grab was made…we are not saying that home runs are not robbed from players every year, just the level of physicality demonstrated by Trout…he must have gotten 10 feet of vertical air.

You tell us, here is the video:


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Los Angeles Angels tribute bobblehead to Mike Trout.

The catch took place in 2012 at Camden Yards when the Baltimore Orioles were hosting the Angels. Some compared the catch to when Barry Bond’s was robbed of his home run by Torii Hunter. That may be a little extreme since that was an All-Star game versus a regular game, but who are we to judge?  After all, our specialty is custom bobbleheads not baseball. 🙂

Angels fan or not, we highly recommend you head out and pick up your tickets for this game. I can tell you this much, if I am in Los Angeles on April 13th, I will be first in line. Just look for the guy wearing the huge Mike Trout bobble head.

April MLB Giveaways!

Baseball is right around the corner (technically, it is already here if you count preseason!) and if you are anything like us, you want to know when the giveaway nights are. Well luckily we found a master list of MLB giveaways!

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Buster Posey Bobblehead - Not the one you will get April 6th (at least we don't know what one you will get).

But in particular, we want those bobbleheads! Now of course they won’t be as cool and high quality as ours 🙂 but they do come up with some creative things like ketchup and mustard bobbleheads or announcer with famous sayings!

So without further delay, here is the list of MLB bobblehead giveaways in April:

April 6 San Francisco Giants – Buster Posey
April 7 Milwaukee Brewers – Norichika Aoki
April 10 Detroit Tigers – Miguel Cabrera Mini-Bobble
April 13 Los Angeles Angels – Mike Trout
April 13 San Diego Padres – Chase Headley
April 13 Washington Nationals – Player TBA
April 20 Cincinnati Reds – Brandon Phillips
April 20 Pittsburgh Pirates – Andrew McCutchen
April 21 Colorado Rockies – 20th Anniversary Player TBA
April 21 Milwaukee Brewers – George Scott
April 21 New York Mets – Ron Darling
April 21 Toronto Blue Jays – Edwin Encarnacion
April 27 Chicago White Sox – Harold Baines
April 27 Oakland Athletics – Reggie Jackson (1973)
April 28 St. Louis Cardinals – Carlos Beltran
April 30 Los Angeles Dodgers – Hanley Ramirez (“I See You”)


Pope Bobbleheads

With the first papal resignation in 600 years,  bobbleheads of Pope Benedict are appearing for sale in Vatican City. According to this article, Rome souvenir vendors are carrying bobbleheads of the former pope.

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Pope Benedict Bobblehead

Now this may offend some and others may be apt to purchase, but really why not? The pope is a figure head for a very large organization; some followers may rather a bobblehead versus a portrait.

If the pope wanted a custom bobblehead from us, we would be ecstatic!  Maybe the next pope might want to seek us out…

Miami Marlins: The Largest Bobblehead Museum

The largest public bobblehead display in the big leagues is in Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. The structure, labeled “The Bobblehead Museum,” is a glassed in, two-sided display case. The structure houses 609 bobbleheads. The case is well lit, so that every detail on every player is easy to see. Each shelf in the display has its own vibrating mechanism – so the head of every player is constantly bobbing! The display is meant to celebrate special moments and commemorate players with respect.

The Bobblehead Museum is meant to appeal to fans, and attracts many viewers. The collection includes Marlins players, mascots from around the major leagues, and baseball announcers from the past and the present. The museum has been a big hit and has become somewhat of a sight to see.

Five Fun Bobblehead Facts

Bobbleheads are everywhere! Here are five facts that show how bobbleheads have been a part of culture for years!

  1. Bobbleheads originated in Germany. There were initially made of ceramic materials.
  2. The New York Knicks were the first sports team to use promotional bobbleheads. This happened in the 1920s!
  3. Lil Romeo has a song called “Bobblehead” that was an attempt to make fun of people whose dancing style reminded him of the nodding dolls.
  4. In 2003, the television show Futuramahad an episode where the cast travelled to an alternate dimension in which everyone was a bobblehead.
    1. In August 2004, minor league baseball teams held an event known as Bobblection Night in which the parks were giving away bobbleheads of the two presidential candidates, George W. Bush won the mock election!

Halloween Bobbleheads

Halloween is just around the corner. That means it is time to bust out all the Halloween decorations! You have probably seen fake spider webs, skeletons, pumpkins, witches, and inflated ghosts befoer. This year spruce up your traditional Halloween decorations with a Halloween bobblehead!

A Halloween themed bobblehead is a great way to decorate your home this month. Trick-or-treaters and guests to your home will get a kick out of this untraditional take on Halloween decorations!

There are several things you could do with a Halloween bobblehead. You could make a ghost, witch, or devil. Or you could even create a custom bobblehead of a friend or family member dressed up in a Halloween costume.

The great thing about making a Halloween-themed bobblehead is that you can bring it out every year, making it a tradition in your home!



Whoopass – The History of the Bobblehead

The bobblehead gained its popularity in the 1960s when Major League Baseball decided to begin using these dolls as promotional products for some of its teams and players. Back then these dolls had several different names including head nodders, head knockers, bobbing head dolls and wacky wobblers. Roberto Clemente, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, and Willie Mays were some of the first MLB player dolls that were ever created.

Let’s go back even further than that. The first bobblehead dolls, which were actually made in Japan by Lego, were hand painted onto paper-mache. These dolls were generic looking, usually just modeled after the same male in a different team uniform. Some dolls were modeled after team mascots.

Today the most sought after dolls are those that were made in 1960 – 1962. Bobbleheads from these years usually have a square or round orange or white bases. From 1962 – 1966, dolls had green bases and from 1967 to 1970 the bases were painted gold.  Below is a 1960’s Philadelphia Phillies bobble head doll with a round white base. The doll in the picture below is from a miniature series and has a magnet on the base, since it was common to place the doll on the dashboard of your vehicle.  You can see that the doll is of a more generic look male than one you would see today.

Looking for a new hobby?

Bobblehead dolls first hit the market in the 1950s. Since then, they have grown in popularity and variety.  Consequently, they have become an extremely popular collectors item – and a great hobby to take on. Here are some tips on how to get started on your own collection.

Consider picking a theme for your collection. Since bobbleheads have so much variety you may want to make your collection very specific. Some examples include antiques, baseball or other sports figures, popular TV characters, musicians, or even classic actors and actresses from past decades.

Let all of your friends and family know you are starting a bobblehead collection.  Whenever it is a gift-giving time, they will know exactly what to get you and they’ll know you will love and appreciate their gift.

Check the websites of your favorite sports team or television series to see if you can find deals on bobblehead collectors’ items. Sometimes there will be promotion discounts, so it is important to check back regularly. You can also search online for specialty bobblehead shops that do custom jobs. Additionally, keep an eye out for bobbleheads when you are on vacation, in flea markets, garage sales, etc.

Make connections with other bobblehead collectors. You may be gifted the same bobblehead twice and want to make a trade online. The most important thing is to have fun! This is a great activity to take on that can provide lots of entertainment and enjoyment for you, your family, and your friends!



Bob Your Head To The Music

You’ve seen bobblehead sports figures, presidents, brides and grooms.

custom bobblehead dolls side by sideBut you have also seen bobblehead musicians. Bobbleheads are a great strategy for promoting music. Here is why the trend has been so effective in the industry:


The bobbing head these dolls are known for essentially encourages people to move with the music. This makes them a huge promotional tool. Additionally, bobbleheads are highly customizable. This is a huge advantage for musicians. Bobbleheads should be as detailed as possible so that when people see them there is no doubt in their mind about who the doll is.


Custom bobbleheads can also be used to build anticipation before the release of an album or an upcoming concert. Additionally, bobbleheads can be customized by event with a promotional message. For example, the name of the musician or date of the concert can be engraved on the bobblehead stand. Audio messages can also be recorded with bobbleheads! This is a great opportunity for musicians, and can really make the bobblehead unique to their sound.


Bobbleheads have been a big trend in the music industry for years. The Beatles bobbleheads are now extremely sought-after collector’s items! Their customizability, uniqueness to the industry and ability to compliment a marketing strategy make them a great promotional opportunity for musical artists.